There are signs that warn you when you're approaching railroad tracks. Know these signs! Look and listen for trains in both directions. Be ready to stop, if necessary. You should expect a train on a track at any time, day or night.
Flashing red lights at a railroad crossing mean STOP!
Stop at least 15 feet from the railroad tracks when:
A person or signal warns that a train is coming.
You see a train coming.
If you hear the horn or bell of a train close by, don't try to cross the tracks. Also, you should never attempt to cross railroad tracks if there isn't enough room for your vehicle on the other side of the tracks.
Don't go across until you can see clearly in both directions because a second train may be approaching from either direction.
Never stop on railroad tracks. When traffic is heavy, wait off the tracks until you're sure you can drive over the tracks without stopping.
Watch for vehicles that must stop before crossing the tracks, such as buses, school buses, and large trucks transporting hazardous loads.
Never walk on railroad tracks.
When crossing multiple tracks, wait a few seconds after a train has passed to be sure there isn't one traveling the other way.
Never race a train to the crossing--EVER!
If your vehicle stalls on a railroad crossing, get everyone out of the vehicle and off the tracks immediately. If there is no train in sight, post lookouts and try to start the vehicle from outside or push it off the tracks.
Don't misjudge a train's speed and distance. Because of the large size of trains and the viewing angle at which you see them, trains sometimes appear to be moving more slowly than they actually are. If you have any doubts, stop and wait for the train to pass.